Press Release | May 2019
For the second time Foam is organising the recommended: Olympus Fellowship with Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (FFF) and Olympus. This fellowship enables young image makers to produce and internationally exhibit new work. The new recipients of the Fellowship 2019/2020 have been chosen: Karla Hiraldo Voleau (Dominican Republic),Tobias Kruse (Germany), and Mika Sperling (Russia). The artists were selected by the curators of the photography institutions involved in the fellowship; Kim Knoppers (Foam), Celina Lunsford (FFF) and Ingo Taubhorn (Haus der Photographie). The artists will be working on a new body of work especially created for an exhibition which will be displayed at the three locations of the organising parties in 2020.
recommended fellows and curators 2019 left to right front: Kim Knoppers (curator Foam), Celina Lunsford (curator FFF), Karla Hiraldo Voleau (fellow), Mika Sperling (fellow), Tobias Kurse (fellow) left to right back: Juliane Hüppe (Olympus), Olaf Kreuter (Olympus), Ingo Taubhorn (curator Haus der Photograhie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg) © Olympus/ Niklas Nischke
Karla Hiraldo Voleau (b. 1992, Dominican Republic) studied photography at the École de Condé in Paris and at the ECAL in Lausanne. Her works deal with issues of identity, vulnerability and love, as well as gender roles and the mechanisms at work in relationships between women and men. “She is her own protagonist, this position makes her work deeply personal and at the same time she is dealing with how women can reclaim themes that are usually associated with masculinity like sex tourism, voyeurism and the gaze” says Kim Knoppers, curator at Foam. Tobias Kruse (b. 1979, Germany) studied graphic design and photography at the Ostkreuzschule and is a member of the photography agency Ostkreuz. He focuses on personal, artistic and documentary photo projects in which he “portrays the major social issues of our time with the explosive poetry inherent in his visual language”, in the words of Ingo Taubhorn, curator at the Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg. Mika Sperling (b. 1990, Russia) studied communication design at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and fine arts at the San Francisco Art Institute. In her biographical work, she examines her own experiences in an effort to understand the complexity of multiculturalism, identity and place. “Sperling represents a new generation of photo-essayists who combine historical and biographical references with new media in order to broaden interaction with the viewer,” emphasises Celina Lunsford, curator at FFF.
In the coming months, each of the fellows will produce a photography project under the guidance of the curators in the form of workshops and individual sessions. In January 2020, they will present the results to the exhibition venues and the exhibitions will be organised. The works will be on show at Foam from 23 October 2020 to 17 January 2021. The exhibition will also be presented at the Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg from 21 March to14 June 2020 and at the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt from 1 August to 20 September 2020.
With this fellowship the four partners aim to promote contemporary photography in the artistic field. The young photographers receive effective support at a crucial point in their careers. This includes in particular personal coaching by the experienced curators and the exhibitions hosted by the three institutions.
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